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Episode 1

Louise Fryer presents a week featuring recent concerts conducted around central Europe by Sir Simon Rattle - mainly (every day) with the orchestra of which he's Chief Conductor, the Berliner Philharmoniker (Berlin Philharmonic), but also with the Vienna Philharmonic and Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestras. Music from Haydn to Ligeti, via the likes of Beethoven, Schumann, Dvorak, Sibelius and one of this year's centenary composers, Witold Lutoslawski.

On Tuesday you can also hear some Berlin Philharmonic players moonlighting on their summer holiday in the remarkable Lucerne Festival Orchestra, conducted by Rattle's Berlin predecessor, Claudio Abbado.

And our Thursday Opera Matinee continues Radio 3's cycle of all of Verdi's operas, as part of the Verdi 200 bicentenary celebrations: this week it's a rarely-heard early piece, Alzira, a tale of blood, thunder and star-crossed from sixteenth-century Peru under the Spanish Empire.

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Berlin Philharmonic,
Conductor Simon Rattle

Dvorak: Biblical Songs
Magdalena Kozená (mezzo-soprano)

Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major (Pastoral)
Berlin Philharmonic,
Conductor Simon Rattle

Daphnis et Chloé 2
Berlin Philharmonic
Conductor Simon Rattle

Lutoslawski: Symphony No. 3
Berlin Philharmonic,
Conductor Simon Rattle.

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2 hours, 30 minutes

Last on

Mon 8 Jul 2013 14:00